Friday, January 11, 2013
I’m excited. Actually, that is an understatement. Words cannot describe how happy I am at the moment. The past 15 months have taught me so many things about myself, and about life in general. From health and fitness, to family and how much they mean to me. My life has completely changed for the better, and now I am hoping that I will be able to help others too. While I have been helping people with their health and fitness issues along the way through my journey, I never felt like I was able to really help them like I should be able to, so I have decided that it is time for this old man to head back to school. Starting Monday, I will be attending Heritage College in Oklahoma city, where I will train to become a Personal Trainer.
More about the whole college thing in a little while. It has been some time since my last weigh in, and I can happily say that things are still moving in the right direction. I am now down to 207.6lbs. Total weight now lost has reached 126lbs!! I am less than 8lbs away from reaching the goal I set 15 months ago. My BMI has dropped to 27 (down from 44.1) nd I can wear a size 34 pant now. So all good stuff. While I have not been exercising as much as normal (due to a stress fracture of the 5th metatarsal in my right foot) I have still been keeping myself busy. In a couple of weeks the foot should be healed, and I cannot tell you how ready I am to be able to go and run again.
So, back to the whole college thing. I am SO excited about this. Really. I cannot wait to get started. Ever since I left school (in England you leave school at 16) I have never really known what I wanted to do in regards to a career. I honestly always thought I would end up in computing, but retail took over my life when I left school. While I had a good career in retail (and while I was good at it) I never really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, my injury sustained at work put an end to my retail career, but in a way I am glad all that happened, because it made me find myself. I developed a love for health and fitness after my surgeries, and these past 15 months have taught me so much. Well, now I am ready to pay some of that back. I cannot wait to start helping people for real.
The college course is 15 months long, so I will graduate around the summer of 2014, and from there who knows what I will do. It has become a dream of mine to start my own business, so maybe I will do that, all I know is that I genuinely want to help people overcome the obstacles that I have, and I want to help people live healthy, happy lives.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year.
All the best,
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
It has been so long since my last blog post , I really do not know where to start with everything that has been going on in my life. It seems like so much has happened since my last post, so I will do my best to fill every one in on how things have been going in regards to my weight loss and everything else that has happened in my life during the past 3 or 4 months.
Well the good news is that I am still losing weight, in fact I have lost quite a bit more since I posted last. I am now down to 212.6lbs, which means that since October 24th 2011, I have lost 121lbs. Woo Hoo! I feel amazing. The difference between how I feel now and how I used to feel cannot be described with words. I am so much happier in myself now than I have ever been before, and I want to do so many more things with my life. My BMI has dropped from 44.1 to 28 (from Obese to Overweight) and I am now just 3.1 BMI points away from being considered healthy. That sounds great to me.
As far as exercise goes, well I am not running at the moment, in fact I am not doing a whole lot of anything at the moment because I have a stress fracture of the 5th metatarsal in my right foot. I actually got this injury from running, and while it will heal, it may take quite some time, so I am not entirely sure when (or if) I will start running again. While I love running, it does play havoc with my RSD, so I am thinking about taking up cycling in the new year. In the meantime though, I have been using my recumbent exercise bike to get my workouts in, and the other night I even broke my record for furthest distance (14.04 miles) in 30 mins.
Other then the weight loss going well, other area’s of my life, and my families lives are going well too. I start a new job soon, and I am really excited about that. Aside from my freelance writing, I have not had a job since June of 2010. The injury I sustained to my back, and my RSD have kept me out of the workplace, but I finally feel like I can go back, and I feel that I will no longer have to worry about my injuries hampering my performance in the workplace.
My wife is doing really well after her brain surgery. I cannot believe it has been almost 6 months since her operation to remove a Colloid Cyst from her brain. What a crazy time. I am so proud of her. Samantha is so strong, and she is hands down the bravest, most caring person I have ever known. She inspires me every day in so many ways. I am truly blessed to have her in my life. My kiddo’s are also growing up. It is hard to believe that my son is 8 and my daughter is 6. My how times flies. I am so proud of them. They are great kids, and they help me remember to have fun in this crazy world. My family are my world, and they help me remember to be the best I can. They are the entire reason I decided to change my life, I owe it to them to be the best husband and father I can possibly be.
I will update more later on, and I will go into a little more detail about my plans for the coming year, what my goals are, and how I will achieve them. Right now I am just looking forward to spending a happy, healthy Christmas with my family. I hope you all do the same as well.
All the best,
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Wow, it has been a long time since my last post. Honestly so much has happened during the past few months that I do not even know where to begin.
In the last 10 weeks, my family and I have gone through many life changing events. I am going to start writing on this blog again so that I can express my feelings and let everyone know how things are going. I will continue to write about my struggle with my weight, my exercise routines and food, but also some new things. Lets take a look at what has happened since my last post.
The good news is that I am still losing weight! Yay! I have not fallen off of the wagon completely, but I will admit that my exercise routine has suffered greatly during the last 2 and a half months. In fact today is the first day I have done any real exercise since my 5K. I completed a 30 minute exercise bike session and logged 12.5 miles during those 30 minutes. It felt great to do that again.
My current weight is 242.6lbs. This means that since last October 24th 2011 I have lost 91lbs. Just 9lbs more to go until I hit the big 100! Woo Hoo! I would probably be at that number already if I had kept my exercise levels up, but that is okay. I will get there. My BMI is now 32.3 down from 44.1. I am just 3 points away from the overweight classification! I will no longer be considered obese!
So what else has been happening? Well First of all we moved to a new house! This is very exciting. It is great to finally own a home again. We have an acre of land to play around on, we have fantastic neighbors and love living in the country away from the city. I settled my workers compensation case and put to bed 3 years of hurt (even though I still hurt physically, you know what I mean). We went on vacation, and are enjoy the company of my mum from England. All of this happened in the space of 30 days. You would think that this would be enough for anyone to cope with, but just like those infomercials…..wait, there’s more
My wife, Samantha had been experiencing some rather bad headaches and backaches for a while and we thought they were migraines. One day she had a very bad headache, and was in so much pain that she could not move. We rushed her to the emergency room where they diagnosed her with just having a migraine. We got some medications for her and headed back home. One week later, she was experiencing the same thing. This time I told her that she had to go to her dr and request a CT scan. I dragged her to the doctors and demanded a brain scan. A few days later the results came back.
Samantha (my wife) had a colloid cyst in her brain. It was 8mm in size and is the cause of the headaches and other symptoms. We were referred to a neurosurgeon and finally met him soon after. 2 weeks ago my wife will had brain surgery to remove the tumor. To say that this was a shock is an understatement. You never think things like this can happen to your loved ones, but we are so glad that we found the cyst/tumor and that it was dealt with so quickly.
The surgery will was a complete success,but Samantha has some short term memory issues. Thing will get better with time an we just know that God will take care of her.
So, as you can see, the past 10 weeks or so have been a whirlwind. So much has happened, and so much more is to come our way, but we are ready for it. I am going to continue with my exercise and my weight loss, and I will be here to take care of the best thing that has ever happened to me, my wife and kids. I will be posting regular updates again, and I hope that you will read along with me.
All the best,
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Another week has passed, just where does the time go? This year has been zipping by, I cannot believe that we are already into April and that I am starting week 25 of my weight loss journey. So much has changed since the day I decided to change my life (all for the better I might add), and here we are, now just a week away from half a years worth of hard work and finding myself. Finding myself isn’t quote the right term though. I am not finding myself, I am creating myself. Last week was a hard week. I had a lot of pain from my RSD, but I knuckled down and kept on going. I was looking forward to my weigh in today, and am also looking forward to recapping the month of March. Lets take a look at this mornings weigh-in.
I love starting off my mornings with a positive, the only bad thing is that scale is not always co-operative, but this morning my scales decided to play nice. I now weight 260.4, which means that in the last week I have dropped 2.6lbs. Woot! That is awesome. I am incredible happy with this. I have now lost a total of 73.2lbs since October 24th. This is a great way to end March, and a great way to begin April.
I know that in March (especially towards the end) my level of activity plummeted. The last week of the month was a rough one. My RSD was flaring up and the pain was bad. I was able to complete my C25K training sessions but that is about it, I even paid the price for doing them as well, because the pain afterwards was off the charts. I am happy to say though that today the pain level has gone down. I rested on both Saturday and Sunday and hoped that this would help, and it seems to have done the trick. I was supposed to start week 6 of C25K yesterday, but I will start that today. The whole month of March was not a total loss though. Here is a look back at the past 4 weeks.
The graph above shows how much weight I lost starting in week 2 of March. The first week of March was the last week of the 3 week long plateau I had. So, in 3 weeks I lost a total of 6.6lbs. 2,2lb per week, i’ll take it! I have noticed that my weight loss has picked up after my plateau, I just hope that it continues at this pace for a while and that I do not have another plateau.
During the month of March I ate 1.632 calories per day (average). As you can see, I increased my in take so that I could try and shake off the plateau, and ultimately this is what kicked my metabolism back into high gear. I have learned that eating too few calories just does not work. You must fuel your body properly all the time.
Sure, you will lose weight by eating fewer calories because you are creating a deficit, but eventually your body will catch up to you and will freak out. Your metabolism will not work as efficiently and you will plateau. I am still seeing significant weight loss while eating roughly 1600 calories per day, and I am going to stay here for a while. I have also added one day per week that I call an overload day. I eat what I want and do not feel guilty about it. It tricks the metabolism and will keep you humming along at a nice pace, while also keeping you away from those plateau’s.
You can see in this chart the drop off in activity. Last week was bad, but the decline in activity and the increase in RSD pain started back in week 2 of March. Still during the month I clocked a respectable 867 minutes of cardio (14.5 hours). I know I can do better than this. For the month of April I am going to try and clock 1000 minutes of cardio. I am going to try hard, but I am not going to over do it. The last thing I need is an injury that will ruin my first 5K on April 29th. If there is one thing I learned last month it is that you absolutely MUST listen to your body.
Here is to a great month ahead! I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic month! I appreciate all of your support so much! You are all amazing.
All the best,
Friday, March 23, 2012
Woo Hoo! New clothes! I mean who doesn’t like getting new clothes?? There is always a great feeling when you add to your wardrobe. I know that these shirts are nothing special, after all they are just your average T-Shirts, nothing special, nothing fancy, but to me these shirts represent much more than just being something to cover myself up with. They represent a whole new chapter in my weight loss journey.
“How can two run of the mil t-shirts represent a new chapter in my weight loss journey you ask?” Well my entire adult life has been spent in massive, MASSIVE pieces of clothing and now things are starting to change. When I started my Weight loss Journey back in October of 2011 I wore a 3X sometimes even a 4X, which as you know are big enough to warrant having their own zip code, but these shirts are different. Here is a pic to show you why.
That’s right! These new shirts are XL! Not 3X or 4X but XL! Sorry I just like saying XL. Never in my adult life have I been able to wear shirts of this size, so as you can imagine, this is a pretty big deal for me. It represents a new beginning. A new chapter if you will. It shows me that the hard work is paying off and that everything so far has been totally worth it.
Totally awesome! I am so happy right now. Now, hopefully my stay in the land of the XL t-shirts is short lived. I would love to get down to a large, but I am going to savor this moment for a while, and I will remember this day for a long time! This is most certainly one of the highlights of my journey so far, and I am really happy that I got to share it with you, my followers! Thanks so much for all of the support, all of the inspiration and motivation that you have given me! You all totally rock!
All the best,
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